Just Got 2 Tell

Anything & Everything I Feel Compelled to Share with the World!

child of god January 28, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna @ 8:33 PM

This past week or perhaps the week before (it’s a recurring instance, so I’m not exactly when this particular instance happened to make me think this) I had a preschooler do something that she knew was wrong. Even before I could say anything to her, she knew what she’d done and hid her face from me, seeking to avoid eye contact. I’m not sure whether she thought by hiding I wouldn’t find out or if by hiding she could avoid whatever consequences might have come. Even now I can’t remember what it was she had done, probably just something like playing with her seat belt (unsnapping and snapping it back).

It’s not just that particular child, but many if not most tend to avoid a parent or teacher when they know they’ve done wrong. Some even lie and answer ‘nothing’ when asked what they did. I haven’t quite figured out if they are afraid of the possibly pending punishment (hey look at that alliteration) or if they just don’t like disappointing the caregiver. For different children it’s for different reasons, but what I’ve also learned over the years is that it doesn’t end in childhood.

God has been convicting me a lot recently and over the past year or so about my avoidance of Him, as if that was possible. All it takes is a day or two of forgetting to read my Bible, or perhaps realizing that I’m behind in my prayer journal or I’ve waited till the last minute yet again to prepare for Sunday School. But instead of going to God with my tail between my legs, confessing that I put other things once again in front of Him in my life, I listen to Satan’s whisper in my ear and hide my face from God.

But just like the little child hiding her face behind another child, I still know she’s there, I know what she’s done and I’m disappointed that she did it again, but I still love her. And God still loves me. He’s not waiting with a tongue lashing, ready to let me have it, telling me ‘you’re old enough to know better’ or ‘I thought you loved me’ or ‘how many times are we going to have to deal with this’. He’s just waiting, waiting with love and forgiveness and mercy. Why? Because I’m His child.

 

Verse of the week: In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for you O Lord make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

 

fighting evil forces January 8, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna @ 8:36 PM

Transferred from Runner’s Log 2010 (old blog)

 

There are so many idioms I could put here, but I figure it might be better just to describe it all out and save the idioms from getting worn out and over-used to where they lose their effect.

Never doubt for one instance that when you make a plan to better yourself that Satan is just going to let you do it. It’s very interesting that that is the exact topic that my pastor just began preaching on this past Sunday with his key verses being Acts 20:28:31

“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard!”

Because as sure as we are only one week into the new year, Satan is already at work, trying to destroy each of us who are seeking a closer walk with God and who are seeking to be better people for the kingdom of our Lord.

Stomach bugs are my least favorite bugs to catch, while lightning bugs are most definitely my favorite. Between that and running out of fuel and finding out the motor in my heater has gone bad, my motivation for exercise has plummeted. The cold weather isn’t much of a motivator either.

But let us not be discouraged. There are still 51 weeks left to becoming a better person. Whatever your goal is, do not allow Satan to win. Press onward, find that spare minute to pray for the sick in your church, or for the nation we live in (because these are certainly dark times we live in). Every little bit we do to fight Satan gets us a little bit closer to God.